Chief Obama aide bemoans not getting the “breaks” in office

posted at 11:25 am on October 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Why are President Obama’s approval ratings so low?  According to Obama’s closest aide in the White House, chief of staff Bill Daley, Obama’s just not getting the breaks:

“Considering the debacle that he came in with, the tough choices he’s made and how there have been few, if any breaks, he says it himself all the time,” Daley says. “He doesn’t know why he’s as high as 44 percent.”

That is supposed to be a laugh line, but, indeed, the RealClearPolitics average of leading polls currently has Obama at 44.0 percent approval and 50.7 percent disapproval.

That is due to many factors, Daley says, and he starts reeling them off: trying to stimulate the economy; trying to save the auto industry; trying to increase the debt ceiling; passing health care legislation; fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and dealing with Syria, North Korea, Egypt and Iran. To name a few.

“It’s been a brutal three years,” he says. “It’s been a very, very difficult three years, an incredible three years. And we are doing all this under the overhang of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. F—k! It wasn’t like all this was happening in good times.”

Was Obama and his team spending the 2007-8 campaign hailing a period of “good times” before the election, and somehow got surprised by the economic problems that awaited them?  Not hardly.  Obama and Democrats spent both years ripping the Bush economy, and then taking full political advantage (fairly, of course) of the collapse in the fall of 2008.

Let’s not forget that the parameters of the collapse were well known by the time Obama took office, and by the time he proposed his stimulus package.  He had his leading economists, Christine Romer and Jared Bernstein, work on the proposal that claimed they could stave off high unemployment if only Congress would send him $775 billion.  The result of his gimmicky interventions and massive expansion of regulations was easily predictable — it killed any chance for significant job growth, and gave us the worst job-recovery curve in all post-WWII recessions (data and chart from Minneapolis Fed):

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What does this show?  You make your own luck.  The regulatory adventurism and class-warfare policies pursued by this President has killed the natural recovery cycle and extended the misery for millions of Americans.  Whining about the “breaks” is what losing teams do to deflect attention away from their own poor performance, and this is no exception.

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Sounds like Clinton whining about not having a real disaster so he could prove himself and cement his legacy.

cozmo on October 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

What Obama encountered in office is nothing to what President Bush had to deal with on Sept. 11, 2001. What a whiner. His problems are of his own making. He took a bad situation and made it worse and then complained the first year about how hard it all was and how tired he was. Bush never complained about his duties.

bopbottle on October 28, 2011 at 11:29 AM

He could always quit – do us all a favour.

OldEnglish on October 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM

losing teams do to deflect attention away from their own poor performance, and this is no exception.

nail….head

cmsinaz on October 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Daley sounds like the general manager of a losing team trying to explain why after Year 3 of his rebuilding program the team is still stuck in last place, and has traded away all its top draft choices for the next few years to get there.

jon1979 on October 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

It must have been very frustrating having both houses of congress for nearly two years. I mean, every idea you had, every plan you wanted, every dream completely and almost instantly fufilled.
Poor guy.

DrAllecon on October 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Good luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity. Forget who said that.

It’s hard for the incompetent to be prepared. Or, put another way, Presidenting is hard.

SlaveDog on October 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

“He doesn’t know why he’s as high as 44 percent.”

I wish Barry wishes he was as High as the 99%ers in Zuccoti Park.

Pass the Dutchie to the left hand side…

portlandon on October 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM

F—k! It wasn’t like all this was happening in good times.”

Huh? Does this make sense to anyone?

Ann on October 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Pass the Dutchie to the left hand side…

portlandon on October 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM

heh

cmsinaz on October 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The regulatory adventurism and class-warfare policies pursued by this President has killed the natural recovery cycle and extended the misery for millions of Americans.

You do realize that other recoveries were even more adventurous with regulations and class warfare (come to think of it, NO class warfare policies have been enacted this time around…), right? I mean, all those other lines on that graph…some of them represent periods with higher levels of regulation, taxes, and welfare than what we have today.

ernesto on October 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM

“He doesn’t know why he’s as high as 44 percent.”

Neither do we!

mwdiver on October 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

One of my favorite quotes although I have no idea who said it:

“People say I’m lucky and I agree. And the harder I work the luckier I get.”

Ann on October 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Chief Obama aide bemoans not getting the “breaks” in office?

Gimmee a break.

coldwarrior on October 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

More of the same it is not my fault.
Whine, whine, whine.
Dude, you shouldn’t have taken the job.
And you can resign anytime you want.

By the way, did President Truman whine like this when he took over WWII from FDR? Or which President whined like an Obama after the Roosevelt depression and did he whine when became President?

albill on October 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

some of them represent periods with higher levels of regulation, taxes, and welfare than what we have today.

ernesto on October 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Whenever you hear a politician proclaim, “regulations create jobs” and you ask yourself, who’s stupid enough to elect a Keith Ellison?

Now you know.

MNHawk on October 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

…some of them represent periods with higher levels of regulations…”

I’d love to see your documentation backing that up.

mwdiver on October 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

As most of our grandmothers said at one time or another: “if you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen, get out.”

chemman on October 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Luck is the residue of design…

JohnGalt23 on October 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

MNHawk on October 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

My point is not that regulations create jobs, it’s simply that the degree to which they affect employment is often overstated.

ernesto on October 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

mwdiver on October 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

He believes it so it’s true. Not withstanding that C.F.R. is thousands of pages longer now than say 1980 when Reagan was ushered in as President. Hey, Ernie, do you even know what the CFR is?

chemman on October 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM

When you keep making bad choices, it’s much easier to tell yourself the choices were good– it’s that the problem was really unfixable.

MayBee on October 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM

That is due to many factors, Daley says, and he starts reeling them off:

trying to stimulate the economy;

Obama seriously bungled that one. As if he took over as fire chief for a house with a fire in the garage and then Obama burnt the whole house down.

trying to save the auto industry;

Ford was and is doing fine.

trying to increase the debt ceiling

;
Went the wrong way on that one, Skippee. DECREASE…not increase was the idea.

passing health care legislation;

Screwing up health care is what you really did.

fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq;

You fought? I thought it was all about surrender ASAP

and dealing with Syria, North Korea, Egypt and Iran.

You DEALT with Syria? North Korea? Say what!!? Egypt – other than set the seeds for a Muslim state. Iran – Whatchu talkin’ about Willis? The problems have only gotten worse under the Obama.

albill on October 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM

“He doesn’t know why he’s as high as 44 percent.”

Me either. But I’ve never understood stupid.

Squiggy on October 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM

ernesto on October 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

It is not the quantity, but the type.

OldEnglish on October 28, 2011 at 11:51 AM

The 2009 edition of the Code of Federal Regulations was the largest ever, encompassing 163,333 pages in 226 individual books

http://www.federalregister.gov/uploads/2011/01/fr_facts.pdf

Absolutely the effect on umemployment is overstated, because we have to hire millions of people just to keep up on the tens of thousands of page changes per year, and those are jobs created! Keith Ellison said so. I mean F***!

MNHawk on October 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Whining about the “breaks” is what losing teams do to deflect attention away from their own poor performance, and this is no exception.

They excel at whining.

GarandFan on October 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

. “He doesn’t know why he’s as high as 44 percent.”

Really? The “smartest president evah!” can’t figure out how the slobbering love affair with his handmaidens in the MSM are keeping his approval numbers higher than they should be, given his miserable performance in office?

Here’s a hint, Scooter: employees who screw their supervisors almost always get better performance reviews than their work merits.

AZCoyote on October 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

He’s not being totally crazy. Give the state of the economy, 44% is pretty good. D’s need to acknowledge that the opposition is not personal, it’s not prejudicial, but that most people are actually giving him a pretty sizable benefit of the doubt. And R’s need to recognize that if the economy were performing better, we’d almost certainly be facing his re-election.

Chuckles3 on October 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

. . . affair . . . is keeping . . .

Need more coffee.

AZCoyote on October 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Delusion, thy name is democrat.

Bob's Kid on October 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

President Genius and his band of “Smart Power” pals have willfully led us down this path. If he was an NFL head coach, he’d be fired by now.

Of course, Head Coach is a results-oriented profession that doesn’t care what alleged “good intentions” you have……

“We Can’t Wait” for November 2012!

JustTurnRight on October 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Let’s try this . . . bad policies, bad management, bad leadership and a bad president. “Bad breaks” is nothing but a copout for a bad administration.

rplat on October 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Usually, running this country is super easy.

MayBee on October 28, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Woe is me! Life isn’t fair! Daley is a former Fannie Mae board member. It’s like the listening to Tony Sopranos complain about the Mafia running an unfair extortion racket.

Buy Danish on October 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

To paraphrase: Losers make good excuses. Winners smile and go home to screw Miss August.

SurferDoc on October 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Sounds like Clinton whining about not having a real disaster so he could prove himself and cement his legacy.

cozmo on October 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I am sure they will conjure up something before next year

Static21 on October 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Luck favors the prepared. It truly is that simple.

Neo-con Artist on October 28, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Aw… Somebody get the Thumbsucker-in-Chief a blankie.

Connie on October 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Yeah, why couldn’t he have hit the lottery like Bush, who got all the breaks. Like walking into the office and 8 months later having the worst attack in history, killing 3000, shutting down air traffic and leading us into war. Yep, that Bush guy really got lucky.

Well, there’s a good campaign ad in this about maturity, anyway. What a pathetic baby this guy is.

av8tr on October 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I’d love to see your documentation backing that up.

mwdiver on October 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

My point is not that regulations create jobs, it’s simply that the degree to which they affect employment is often overstated.

ernesto on October 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Not that I want to come down hard on you ernesto – after all, Leftists are in short supply around here, but don’t you have anything to back that up?

At least try once in awhile.

Chip on October 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Obama and Democrats spent both years ripping the Bush economy, and then taking full political advantage (fairly, of course) of the collapse in the fall of 2008.

Not sure how fair this is, when it was mostly Democrats that started this downward sprial, with their refusal to regulate Fannie and Freddie. Pelosi’s leadership did nothing to help either. Blame Bush for their mistakes? I don’t see that as fair, but I know Bush has his own crosses to bear as well.

In any case. Obama knew of the problems, and Obama stood up behind podium after podium, telling Americans he was the man who could fix it all! Well he can’t, and won’t. He’s taking advantage of the situation he and his ilk started many years ago, and inserting his brand of justice. He’s not helping fix things, he’s helping it along, and making it worse. Intentionally!

capejasmine on October 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM

In any case. Obama knew of the problems, and Obama stood up behind podium after podium, telling Americans he was the man who could fix it all! Well he can’t, and won’t. He’s taking advantage of the situation he and his ilk started many years ago, and inserting his brand of justice. He’s not helping fix things, he’s helping it along, and making it worse. Intentionally!

capejasmine on October 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM

This….

sicoit on October 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM

My point is not that regulations create jobs, it’s simply that the degree to which they affect employment is often overstated.

ernesto on October 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

How about this for accuracy?

“Study Confirms Cutting Federal Regulations Lowers Unemployment”

“In particular,” the group says, “even a small 5 percent reduction in the regulatory budget (about $2.8 billion) would result in about $75 billion in expanded private-sector GDP each year, with an increase in employment by 1.2 million jobs annually.”

“On average,” the Phoenix Center says, “eliminating the job of a single regulator grows the American economy by $6.2 million and nearly 100 private sector jobs annually. Conversely, each million dollar increase in the regulatory budget costs the economy 420 private sector jobs.”

mwdiver on October 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

I’ve been resisting the “if Bush had said that” kinda thinking… but Rush tweaked it yesterday when he was talking about Hillary’s “We came, we saw, he died” laugh a minute moment…
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When Bush was president we were hit with some of the worst in history… 9-11 and Katrina come to mind without even thinking… they were both that bad. And with those events the conspiracy nuts and the media (one in the same during Bush’s 2 terms) made it their life’s work to pin it all, even to the point of wondering aloud if Bush had steered Katrina in to N.O. and had sent in the SEALS to blow op the dikes…
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So where is Barry’s Katrina moment? You know… Mother Nature just crapping on US… and then the mainstream media wondering if perhaps Obama had something to do with it?… ?… ?…
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The opportunity for Barry to do great things was there… More than any president in my memory he had the chance to actually improve the lot for all Americans.
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And he claimed the mantel of being ‘almost like a god’… when he read from his teleprompter that the seas would turn back, and the planet would heal itself (before that really, but that speech is the one that history will forever remember)…
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Barry’s problem is not bad luck, and definitely is not bad press… its bad policy… its bad politics… its bad choices… its bad treatment of the Constitutional Rule of Law… Its bad spending… its bad stewardship of our great countries freedoms… and resources…
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He is holding us down in this recession state so that he and his gang can have a crisis to take advantage of… and he does not care about US… no matter what Moochie says.
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‘F..K Barry and everybody in his boat… May they sink into a cesspool and die slow deaths there.
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RalphyBoy on October 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Chief Obama aide bemoans not getting the “breaks” in office

Pobrecito.

Blaise on October 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM

That is due to many factors, Daley says, and he starts reeling them off: trying to stimulate the economy; trying to save the auto industry; trying to increase the debt ceiling; passing health care legislation; fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and dealing with Syria, North Korea, Egypt and Iran. To name a few.

For crying out loud, how many of these “factors” were caused by ObaMao’s poor leadership, wild spending, and absurd priorities? Name one president who didn’t have a full plate of international crises to cope with.

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

For crying out loud, how many of these “factors” were caused by ObaMao’s poor leadership, wild spending, and absurd priorities? Name one president who didn’t have a full plate of international crises to cope with.

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

And he conveniently left out the war Obama started with Libya.

mwdiver on October 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

My point is not that regulations create jobs, it’s simply that the degree to which they affect employment is often overstated.

ernesto on October 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

You really do need to view the video that shows the man-hours dedicated to compliance with regulations and how this waste of time takes away from the actual purpose of the business. The employment of regulation assurers adds nothing to the product or service; it only takes away from profit and the numbers of those who could be employed more meaningfully in the business.

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Poor widdle Bawack can’t catch a bweak.

From the graph above, Presidents Truman, Ike, Nixon, Reagan, both Bushes, and Clinton all led faster and stronger recoveries than Obama.

But it had NOTHING to do with their policies–they were just lucky.
Bwahahahaaaaa!

/Obama off

Steve Z on October 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I’m confused….

That is due to many factors, Daley says, and he starts reeling them off: trying to stimulate the economy; trying to save the auto industry; trying to increase the debt ceiling; passing health care legislation; fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and dealing with Syria, North Korea, Egypt and Iran. To name a few.

I thought the first half of that list were items were active measures he took to try to boost his numbers. So is “passing health care legislation” one of those tough breaks that just happened to fall in poor, unfortunate Obama’s lap…you know, like unrest in the Middle East (which is, of course, something only Obama has ever had to deal with as well)?

BlueCollarAstronaut on October 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Barry’s problem is not bad luck, and definitely is not bad press… its bad policy… its bad politics… its bad choices… its bad treatment of the Constitutional Rule of Law… Its bad spending… its bad stewardship of our great countries freedoms… and resources…

Worth repeating, RalphyBoy.

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2011 at 1:23 PM

“Considering the debacle that he came in with,…”

Then Sen. Obama, began his campaign almost 2 full years before the election of 08. The is the longest of any that I’ve known in my 50+ years. If he wasn’t able to figure out what was coming during all that time, he is either a moron or had an agenda which required the country failing, and didn’t care.

I’m guessing the latter.

TugboatPhil on October 28, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I’m guessing the latter.

TugboatPhil on October 28, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Are they mutually exclusive? How about both?

mwdiver on October 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Chief Obama aide bemoans not getting the “breaks” in office

NOT GETTING THE BREAKS?????

There are more things BROKEN in the Obama administration than any other in history!!!

….and it is the COUNTRY which really needs to get a break.

landlines on October 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

My point is not that regulations create jobs, it’s simply that the degree to which they affect employment is often overstated by Republicans.

ernesto on October 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Fixed.

Your point has been proven as false for over a century now. See my post the other day about how the US Government ran two steamship companies in Hawai’i out of business with excessive Government Regulation, after the US annexed that Territory in 1898.

Del Dolemonte on October 28, 2011 at 2:16 PM

That is due to many factors, Daley says, and he starts reeling them off: trying to stimulate the economy;

Not your job, Obama. The best way to do that is to stop passing 2000+ page bills so chock full of regulations that no one knows whast’s coming next. Besides, the primary job of the POTUS is foreign policy.

trying to save the auto industry;

Not your job to save something that’s killing itself.

trying to increase the debt ceiling

Not what you (or anyone else) is supposed to be doing. Stop spending.

passing health care legislation;

As you know, the American people didn’t want this passed

fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and dealing with Syria, North Korea, Egypt and Iran. To name a few.

Hey dude, you wanted the job. Why complain?

What a sissypants whiner.

disa on October 28, 2011 at 2:52 PM

and he starts reeling them off: trying to stimulate the economy; trying to save the auto industry; trying to increase the debt ceiling; passing health care legislation; fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and dealing with Syria, North Korea, Egypt and Iran. To name a few.

Presidenting is hard work. Who knew?!?!?!

LASue on October 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM

“Considering… the tough choices he’s (Obama) made…

Yes, there is no tougher choice for a progressive Democrat than to spend like a madman and demand tax increases.

It’s so unlike a progressive Democrat to do such, why it only happens about a million times an hour in Washington D.C.

RJL on October 28, 2011 at 7:23 PM